BBDO Promotes Agency Veteran Ted Sann to Chief Creative Post



NEW YORK – Ted Sann is the ‘choice of a new generation’ of leadership at BBDO New York as last week he was promoted to chief creative officer in a move that defines succession at the $800-million-plus advertising agency and will be followed by a restructuring of its highly acclaimed creative department.
Sann, a 23-year BBDO veteran who is behind 10 years of Pepsi-Cola advertising, was formerly vice chairman/executive cd running one of the agency’s two creative teams. He assumes ultimate creative responsibility over BBDO’s entire client roster, which includes such venerable marketers as Pepsi, Gillette and Frito-Lay. As part of the reorganization, sources said Michael Patti and Al Merrin, both executive vps/senior cds will emerge with day-to-day creative control on Sann’s former accounts.
‘I thought it was time we made the succession clear in terms of where we’re heading’ said chairman and ceo Phil Dusenberry. ‘It’s something I’ve been thinking about for awhile. You have to recognize people and Ted certainly deserves this kind of recognition. That, coupled with wanting to keep the train on the tracks five or ten years from now, (makes) you want to have the people in place.’
Sann moves up to the No. 2 spot under Dusenberry and alongside Tom Carey, who as president and coo runs the business side.
Although both Dusenberry and Sann stressed that Sann’s promotion specifically defines ‘the next generation of creative leadership,’ agency insiders said the move clearly puts Sann in line to eventually succeed Dusenberry, who at 56, said he has ‘no plans to leave yet.’
Possibly as part of a soon-to-be-announced reorganization, Charlie Miesmer, who held the same title as Sann as vice chairman/executive cd, becomes senior executive cd.
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